NY Man Assaults First Responders

The Bronx, NYC – A New York City man is facing charges after he allegedly attacked an EMS worker and a police officer early Sunday morning.

According to a police report, EMS responded to a call regarding a male in respiratory distress. The first responder arrived on scene and made contact with Christopher Pichardo, 19, of Bronx, N.Y. , who struck him in his pelvic area with a closed fist.

According to a report from The Times Leader, State police were called to the residence and Pichardo proceeded to struggle with the officers and resist arrest. While officers were preparing to transport Pichardo to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton to be checked for respiratory issues, he kicked a Hazleton police officer in the chest.

Pichardo also spit in the officer’s face with the saliva entering his right eye. Upon entering the hospital, Pichardo continued to be physically and verbally aggressive. Police later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Pichardo was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct and purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.